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ef24-70 f2.8L ii canon or tamron

alex crawford is off-lineSilver Member
14 February 2016 18:20
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there's a huge amount of money difference.........which one do i get ?

any ideas ?

thanks! al


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
15 February 2016 03:26
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The comparisons on this link show the Tamron to be surprisingly good in comparison to the Canon.

If it were my money though I'd still go for the Canon as a 2x cost difference isn't enough to convince me to go for a third party lens which will likely not be as well built or as fast to focus *


* - I do own Sigma's 50mm and 85mm primes but at the time they were 1/3rd of the cost of Canon's equivalent flagship lenses
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Dave Beasley is off-line
15 February 2016 04:11
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I attended a Canon CPS event last week and tried the Canon 24-70 f4 as I have the "old" canon 24-70 f2.8L.

Results were excellent and according to Canon reps, I should be thinking about replacing my 24-70 with one of the new ones as mine was not designed with full frame in mind whereas new ones apparently were, and give significantly better results particularly at the wide angle end ie less distortion/sharper.


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15 February 2016 04:39
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Quote from eosfan
I attended a Canon CPS event last week and tried the Canon 24-70 f4 as I have the "old" canon 24-70 f2.8L. Results were excellent and according to Canon reps, I should be thinking about replacing my 24-70 with one of the new ones as mine was not designed with full frame in mind whereas new ones apparently were, and give significantly better results particularly at the wide angle end ie less distortion/sharper.



Yeah, well he would say that! Besides 'full frame' just means the old 35mm film size, which is what the lens was designed for so hardly makes sense! I'm guess perhaps the sensors are marginally bigger in practice but I cannot see it being a practical issue unless you are shooting very technical work.

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15 February 2016 04:50
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Quote from RedChecker
The comparisons on this link show the Tamron to be surprisingly good in comparison to the Canon.

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Had a quick look and the Tamron certainly gets a good press. In terms of intuitive operation, have a think about the focus and zoom rings position though, if you are going to be changing lenses often.

My usual rule of thumb is - if you use things professionally, i.e. they are the tools that make your living, bite the bullet and spend the money. If not, get something cheaper and pretty much as good and spend the difference on wine, possibly women and song.


Dave Beasley is off-line
15 February 2016 04:51
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I did go a bit ff track with my first reply, the point I intended making was that you can get a new Canon 24-70 f4 at around £650 , less if there's a cash back deal on. Don't know the price of the Tamron but I would stick with a canon f4 in preference to Tamron 2.8, assuming wider aperture is not a deciding factor.


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15 February 2016 04:55
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I would add a positive for the f4is Canon L. I looked at the alternatives, including the 'mighty' Canon 2.8 Mk2, and the Tamron. My conclusion was losing a stop got me an excellent lens, very hard to see any lessening of results, compared to the others, a LOT less weight, 77 vs 82 mm filter size, plus a 'handy' macro range. So I bought the f4, with the cash back offer at the time, less than £500! I am very pleased with the results from the lens.
Another consideration with 'indies' from my own experience and friends of mine, 'indies' don't always focus as well as the marque.


alex crawford is off-lineSilver Member
15 February 2016 19:14
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well guys, thanks for the input, now i'm even more confused

i was thinking of the canon f2.8 new version II, but its a lot of spondoolicks.

its available from hongkong (digitalrev) at about £1200, £1400 at wex.

the latest lens is lighter.

the tamron is so much less, and seems to be very good from what i've read.
i'm no professional, but i want my lenses to last for the rest of my life,
but once, buy right.

im very tempted by the canon though.

see my dilemma ? i can feel it coming through even whilst
writing this posting. logic says to me that most of my work
is studio-type and of still not moving models, so autofocus speed
although of interest isnt the main story for my use, but i know i'd
feel like i'd purchased 2nd best if it was a sluggard, and i'd not be happy
with it even if it made good snaps...

oh dear. maybe i take a holiday somewhere instead








Ellesse Photography is off-lineSilver Member
15 February 2016 19:42
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The reviews on the Canon 24-70 f4 L is are not confidence inspiring to be honest. However, you would not go wrong with the 24-70 f2.8 L II, a stunning lens (I love mine, it's almost permanently attached to my 5D3) - the sharpness is on a par with prime lens's. It's also available from Panamoz for £1,0985 at the moment (that's where I bought mine from, along with a 16-35 f4 L is and 7D II too).

Can't comment on the Tamron equiv - sorry.


alex crawford is off-lineSilver Member
15 February 2016 20:39
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1098 is certainly a v.good price for that piece of wizardry !!!

i am almost (but not quite) convinced that the tammy is the one i'm going for

but i'm going to sleep on it and look at more reviews.

as i'm not a high volume snapper i will probably end up getting the tamron option

as its going to be studio-based for 95% of its use, and i wont be relying on super

fast autofocus. its nice to have of course, but i wont be using the lens for high speed

sports such as racing etc. so for now, i'm taking a break, letting the brain settle down

a bit, and will dream of nice sony cameras (i've taken a raincheck on the upgrade to the alpha6000

which i think is a fantabulous piece of kit) and will wait for a few months more to see the

upgrade to the latest upgrade (its sony afer all) will have a touch screen that flops in all directions

thanks for all your feedback, its confused the heck outta me xxxxx i mean been really helpful

and i will now turn to a bottle of vino plonko to rest my brain cells with,

muchly thank you's

al




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